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Old 10-31-2008, 07:46 PM
 
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Over the past year or so, I have been experiences episodes of an unexplained illness. I recurs about once a month, and lasts for about 24 hours. Symptoms are general fatigue, muscle aches, fever of about 100.0, headache, dizziness (sometimes), upset stomach (sometimes). At first, I thought it was a virus, but it has occurred so frequently and with such regularity, that I think something else is causing it. Maybe an allergy or an autoimmune response?

I get really bad canker sore outbreaks for no apparent reason. My dentist told me that in some cases, canker sores can be caused by an autoimmune response. About a week ago, I had another outbreak. Then yesterday, I got my familiar symptoms and was sick all day. I will start taking note if there is a correlation between the canker sore outbreaks and my feeling sick.

In any case, by this morning, I felt much better again. The last time I got sick with this was in September. The symptoms came on very suddenly while I was sitting in 90 degree heat at a football game. Again by the next morning, I felt better.

Any thoughts?
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:12 PM
 
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Lyme disease.
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:48 PM
 
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Hiv?
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:54 PM
 
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Sounds like auto immune reaction of some description.

You can get a cold sore outbreak if you spend too much time in the sun, (well those who have the virus in their system)

And depending on the auto immune disease, some people can have a reaction to too much time in the sun, not unsimilar to what you're describing. SO you said you'd been out in the heat in September prior to the last episode, were you out in the sun for a little too long the other day before you had this last episode?

Regardless, it sounds like it's been going on a little too long and you should go see a doctor and get it investigated.

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Old 10-31-2008, 09:48 PM
 
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Hiv?
Thank goodness no -- I donate blood regularly and it's tested. But in any case this thread may turn me into a hypochondriac I'll visit my doctor if it recurs again.
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Old 11-01-2008, 02:30 AM
 
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I say auto immune as well, but there are a host of those. I would start out pcp and go from there.

A Rheumatologist would be a good choice for specialist. Some of those symptoms I have, and they are because of my Rheumatoid Arthritis, unfortunately, my Epilepsy and Migraines cause some of them as well...

Good luck in your search for what is the matter!
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Old 11-01-2008, 05:39 AM
 
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I am a physician, and of course I can't diagnose your problem here, but the periodic nature of it is unusual. This is rather rare, but it could possibly be cyclic neutropenia, in which your white blood cell count becomes too low every few weeks. A hematologist would be most familiar with that, but a general internist could evaluate your illness. Blood counts during an episode of illness would be helpful.

There are some other rare genetic periodic fever syndromes that would usually present themselves in early childhood, but it's conceivable you might have one of those.

Drugs are soemtimes culprits in weird symptomes, so make sure you don't take some medication periodically that could trigger the symptoms.

Good luck!
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Old 11-01-2008, 06:32 AM
 
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Thank goodness no -- I donate blood regularly and it's tested. But in any case this thread may turn me into a hypochondriac I'll visit my doctor if it recurs again.
There you go. Good idea.
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:33 AM
 
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are you female?
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:50 AM
 
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are you female?
No -- Male age 33. In good health otherwise. Ideal weight, normal blood pressure, good cardiovascular health, no other chronic conditions. Also I wouldn't say it's predictable or exactly cyclic. It just seems like it's happened 8-10 times over the last year.
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